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Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs

Dave Pegg, BJ Sbarra, Jeff Achey, and Nate Adams, Wolverine Publishing, published June 16, 2008.

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Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs
By Dave Pegg, BJ Sbarra, Jeff Achey, and Nate Adams.
228 pages. Color.

Simply put, Rifle Mountain Park is the best limestone sport climbing destination in North America. Confined to a narrow box canyon two miles long, RMP contains an unbelievable concentration of standard setting climbing. Long known for its overhanging enduro-fests, the canyon has seen a revitalization of route development, with the majority of the new routing taking place in the moderate grades of 5.11 and under.

Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs also details over 20 newly developed and never before published crags in Glenwood Canyon, the Frying Pan River Valley, the Crystal River Valley, and around Main Elk Creek near New Castle. With updates of the classic spots like the Fortress of Solitude and the Redstone Boulders, as well as details about the soon-to-be classic crags of the Narrows near Redstone, the Skillet above Basalt, and Lime Creek above Eagle, this guidebook is a must have for any Colorado rock addict.

Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs also showcases the region's climbing with hundreds of color photographs, including stunning action shots from pro shooters like Keith Ladzinski, Celin Serbo, and Tim Kemple, as well as the photos of BJ Sbarra.

Here is a complete list of crags covered within: Rifle Mountain Park, Rifle Arch, Main Elk Crag, the Pup Tent of Solitude, the Fortress of Solitude, the Puoux, Superpuoux, the Homestead and Gray Slabs in Glenwood Canyon, East Canyon, No Name Canyon, the Neighborhood, the Grizzley Creek Wall, Fountain Buttress, the Shoshone Stones, Dead Horse Crag, Surgery Buttress, Seven Castles, the Skillet, Hagerman Pass, Lime Creek, the Narrows, Redstone Boulders, Coal Creek Crag, and the Coal Creek Boulders.

Colorado Scrambles, by Dave Cooper.

Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains

by Dave Cooper, Colorado Mountain Club Press, 2005.

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Colorado Scrambles: A Guide To 50 Select Climbs In Colorado's Mountains (Cmc Classics) (Paperback) by Dave Cooper "Scrambling encompasses the realm between off-trail hiking and technical climbing..."

Book Description
- Fully GPS enabled to identify critical locations on both the approach and the climb
- Contains many little-known but excellent routes as well as the classics
- Full-color guidebook
- The latest in the Colorado Mountain Club's series: CMC Classics

The Colorado Mountains provide endless opportunities for climbers, and now in the latest installment of the Colorado Mountain Club's Classics series, Dave Cooper has compiled this guidebook that offers complete descriptions for some of the best scrambling throughout the state of Colorado. Rather than use the height of a peak or its region, this book explores the quality of the scrambling routes. Written for the experienced mountaineer interested in not only bagging summits, but also in a challenge, rock quality, position and remarkable routes. You'll find scrambles in the San Juan Mountains, Sangre de Cristo Range, the Park Range, the Gore Range, Tenmile Range, The Mosquito Range, the Sawatch Range, the Front Range, and the Elks.

This guidebook contains detailed information on what makes the route unique, how to start the climb, access issues, crux sections and route finding tips. Extensive photographs take the scrambler along the route for clarification, and the book is fully GPS enabled to identify critical locations on both the approach and the climb. Detailed topographic maps make routes easier to locate.

The Ripper: Climbing in Colorado's Wet Mountain

by Ben Bruestle, Sharp End Publishing, 2003.

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The Wet Mountains, a hidden gem of Southern Colorado climbing, boast steep sport granite, multi-pitch adventure climbs, ice and historic sandstone bouldering. Included in this new guide are the popular sport crags of the Tanner Dome massif.

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Western Sloper--Rifle Mountain Park

by Dave Pegg, Wolverine Publishing.

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The only up-to-date guide to America's premier sport-climbing destination: Rifle Mountain Park in Western Colorado. Also covers The Fortress of Solitude¬óhome of Flex Luthor and Kryptonite¬ó Puoux and other sport-climbing, bouldering, and traditional climbing areas in Western Colorado.

Areas Covered
Colorado Bouldering, by Phillip Benningfield

Colorado Bouldering

by Phillip Benningfield, Sharp End Publishing, 1999.

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This is the Bible of bouldering in Colorado. From High Country hide-outs to the popular Front Range crags, Benningfield's meticulously researched guide details thousands of boulder problems. A must-have guide for any local or Colorado visitor.

Also available at Sharp End Books.

Areas Covered
Colorado Front Range Bouldering: Southern Areas, by Bob Horan.

Colorado Front Range Bouldering Volume 3: Southern Areas

by Bob Horan, Chockstone Press, 1998. ISBN: 1575400022

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The legend Bob Horan covers many areas with maps and descriptions.

Areas Covered

Front Range Crags

by Peter Hubbel, Chockstone Press, 1993. Out of print

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A solid guide that includes extends north to climbing in Fort Collins and south to Castlewood Canyon State Park. The pictures of the routes are all drawn, and generally reliable. While the guide is comprehensive in terms of route volume, there is no description for the routes or subjective rating.

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Rock Climbing Colorado

by Stewart M. Green, Falcon Press, 1995.

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This guide likely incorporates the most climbing areas in Colorado of any other guide. The guide also makes routes relatively easy to identify, with good pictures and descriptions. However, each area is given an overview, often leaving out a large portion of routes within a specific area.

Areas Covered
Front Range Topropes, Second Edition, by Fred Knapp.

Front Range Topropes

by Fred Knapp, Sharp End Publishing, Second Edition, 2001.

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A great book for beginners. Photos are everywhere in this book, making route identification simple. It also touches on lots of different areas around the Front Range, from Estes Park to Castlewood Canyon. A great book for the person who just bought their first rope, and aren't yet
ready to hop into leading.

Areas Covered

Colorado : Estes Park Valley

Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park Valley: The Climber's Guide, by Bernard Gillett.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Estes Park Valley: The Climber's Guide

Bernard Gillett, Earthbound Sports, 2001.

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This is the most comprehensive climbing guide to to the low-elevation cliffs surrounding Estes Park, the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, and surrounding National Forest lands. In this guide you'll find topos and detailed descriptions of multi-pitch traditional crags, slabs, sport areas, toprope areas, and boulders.

Areas covered include: Alligator Rock, Big Thompson Canyon, Cedar Park Slab, Combat Rock, Cow Creek Canyon, the Crags, Deer Ridge Buttress, Deville Rocks, Fall River Road Crags, Glen Haven Picnic Area, Ironclads, Jurassic Park, Kinnikinnik Crags, Lumpy Ridge, MacGregor Slab, the Monastery, Palisades, Piz Badille, Prospect Mountain, Sandbeach Rocks, Spur 66 Crags and more.

The topos aren't as artistic as Rossiter's, but this book covers areas not in Rossiter's book, such as the Monastery, Jurassic Park, and the Ironclads.

Rock Climbing Rocky Mountain National Park: The Crag Areas, by Richard Rossiter.

Rock Climbing Rocky Mountain National Park: The Crag Areas

Richard Rossiter, Falcon Press, 1998.

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A rock climbing guide to 650 routes: Prospect Mountain, Twin Sisters, Lily Mountain, Fern Canyon, Fall River Canyon, Lumpy Ridge, Cow Creek Canyon, and Dry Gulch, Big Thompson Canyon. With detailed maps, topos and written descriptions for the routes in the lowlands of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Not as comprehensive as Gillett's guide (does not cover the Monastery, Jurassic Park, or the Ironclads), but good topos and route descriptions for the areas that are covered.